Accept No Substitutes

We have all traveled through Times Square in Manhattan and seen all manner of children’s television character roaming through the clouds. You all know who I am referring to, those folks that stomp around in the filthy costumes with the nylon bags marked “TIPS” and generally intrude on you and your family’s good time in NYC. It is understandable that times are tough and people need to make a living somehow. However, it has always been the rather bad attitudes and behaviors of those costumed tip hunters that have irked me and others.

484266_10151407352162585_1960932932_nNow, they are at it again much closer to home this time. Presented with this picture yesterday, I felt the need to put out a request, “Accept No Substitutes.” Take a gander at the picture to the right. So many things are out of place and incorrect, it seems daunting as where to begin. So, I won’t. Suffice it to say they are Rubies troopers and sprang from a box with little to no time or care placed in the craftsmanship. My qualm rests with them charging tips for pictures and those proceeds lining their own pockets. It flies in the face of our mission in the 501st Legion.

322020_10151328773740355_1804806609_oThe 501st Legion serves as the premier Imperial Star War costuming group worldwide. While recognized by the inclusion of the 501st name in official Star Wars material such as books, video games and movies, the 501st is not affiliated with Lucasfilm nor do we rely on the company for bookings, event coordination, compensation, or costuming materials. Unlike individual entertainers, the 501st Legion functions as a group creating a true ambiance with a wide range of professional-grade costumes and props. Our internal standards ensure a high level of professionalism in both actions and appearance to ensure your event runs smoothly. Having participated at events throughout the world for over a decade, the 501st name alone has been known to boost attendance and media attention.  The 501st Legion is a volunteer fan organization. We DO NOT charge for our appearances. we enthusiastically welcome donations made to your favorite charity in the name of the 501st Legion. If you do not have a charity of choice, we would happily provide you with a list of some of our favorite causes such as Make-a-Wish or the Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation among many others.


If you have been the victim of such deception, please contact the 50st Legion at

We will promptly execute Order 66.


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